SHAH ALAM: Police have detained 16 people, including a mastermind, involved in a local Macau scam in the Klang Valley.
The suspects, aged between 16 and 31, were held when police raided two apartments in Taman Serdang Perdana, Serdang and Taman Sri Sentosa, Kuala Lumpur, on April 29, based on a tip-off.
Selangor Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Asst Comm Fazlisyam Abd Majid said five men and two women were detained in Serdang.
Police nabbed another seven men and two women at the other apartment.
He said police investigation revealed the syndicate’s mastermind, a 31-year-old, caught in the raid had also been charged for the same offence and is awaiting trial.
In the raids, police seized mobile phones, routers and laptops.
He said the syndicate moved to the two apartments a day before they were raided.
ACP Fazlisyam said based on the initial investigation, they learned the syndicate would recruit workers for “customer service” jobs, offering them between RM2,500 and RM3,000 salary per month.
“No qualifications were needed. Lodging and food would be provided. Once recruited, they would be trained on how to speak to their prospective victims,” he said.